The Dagu Kou Forts, also called the Taku Forts in British historical annals, bear witness to Chinese resistance to the increasingly intrusive colonial presence in China during the latter half of the 19th century, and especially during what came to be known as the Second Opium War. These colonial powers occupied several areas of China, for both political as well as economic reasons.
The Dagu Kou Forts, which guarded the mouth of the Hai River (formerly called the Bai He in Chinese and the Pei Ho in English), the main access route to Beijing for outside forces at the time, saw invasions four times: in 1858, 1859, 1860, and again in 1900. Many Chinese people regard Dagu Kou Forts as a symbol of Western imperialism, and in the past the site was especially frequented by those who sought inspiration in patriotism and nationalism.
The much-revered first leader of the People's Republic of China, Mao Ze Dong, visited the site twice, once before and once after China's Liberation in 1949. The Dagu Kou Forts site was later designated as a Prime National Culture Site by the National Government of China.
There are several other famous attractions in the vicinity of Dagu Kou Forts, including the Tianjin Seaside Resort, Chaoyin Temple and Beiyang Marine Dagu Dock Site.